In a truer-than-fiction incident that happened yesterday in the once insurgents-besieged town of Maiduguri, a man handed over his son to operatives of the Joint Task Force (JTF) in Borno State asking them to kill the boy over his alleged involvement in Boko Haram activities.
Sources close to the family said the son had once threatened to kill his father before he fled home, but only returned recently to seek refuge in the family’s compound.
Angered by the return of his son, the man, who is said to be in his 60s, approached the Sector commander of the JTF in the area where his house is located and told him to apprehend the son.
The father explained that his son had killed many people and so deserved to be killed too.
It was gathered that the young man had confessed to committing various offences but attempted to flee when soldiers demanded to take him for further interrogation.
“He was shot dead when he attempted to run away. The father was not perturbed by what befell his son. The mother, however, is still crying and forced her elder children to organize burial for the deceased,” a family source disclosed.
There was no immediate confirmation of the incident by the JTF.